Updating and improving US natural gas policies would provide businesses with low-cost electricity while stimulating economic growth through investments in steel, chemicals and other industries, writes Dave McCurdy, president and CEO of the American Gas Association.
"While many businesses have suffered the effects of globalization and automation, industries that rely on natural gas either as a feedstock or to fuel their factories have been a bright spot in our economy," he writes.
The World Plastics Council has expressed support for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation's stance on combating marine waste through government collection and is calling on Chinese business leaders to do the same. "We believe that establishing a regionally strong and credible approach in the Asia Pacific region will be a good defense against the more problematic proposals of the United Nations," said American Chemistry Council Vice President of Plastics Steve Russell.
Dow Chemical and DuPont's planned $130 billion merger is on track and will likely close between Aug. 1 and Sept. 1, according to the companies. They said they are working with regulators in the rest of the relevant jurisdictions to get clearances for the merger.
Resiliency is a key quality of individuals and organizations, crucial to dealing with the "uncertainty and ambiguity" that mark today's business environment, writes LaRae Quy. She draws on her FBI experience to describe key characteristics of resilient people, including the difference between chasing happiness and finding joy.
Specialty chemical manufacturers, such as Dow Chemical and Evonik, have had success increasing sales and building long-term contracts with customers by showing clients how a specific product is a solution to a challenge faced by their company. "Open and honest exchange remains one of the keys to success," said Dow, noting that "we need the communication with our partners during the identification of opportunities and during the effort to deliver new solutions."
Seventy-five percent of shoppers are interested in multiuse household cleaning products, 57% look for environmentally friendly options and just 23% of all household care purchases are made on impulse, according to BrandSpark International. The report also said consumers are increasingly interested in private-label brands.
AkzoNobel has entered into a global communications deal with MSLGroup after conducting a major review designed to slim down the number of agencies it works with. The company, meanwhile, recently rejected its third takeover offer from PPG Industries.
Oleo-furan sulfonate surfactants "harness their inherent function for improved detergency, solubility, and exceptional stability in hard water conditions," write Kristeen Esther Joseph and Christoph Krumm. They note that OFS surfactants can be used in personal care, laundry and cleaning product applications.
The Trump administration's regulatory reform efforts should include improving the Environmental Protection Agency's transparency and overhauling the process for obtaining air and ozone permits, according to comments submitted by the American Chemistry Council.
West Virginia's US senators, Democrat Joe Manchin and Republican Shelley Moore Capito, have written to the Trump administration urging consideration of a natural gas liquids storage and distribution site. Today, the senators, Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., and American Chemistry Council President and CEO Cal Dooley are scheduled to discuss the idea and its potential economic benefits.
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